Recipe: Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Apricot Gelée

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Panna Cotta, an Italian dessert of silky, sweetened cream set with gelatin, is all at once simple, classic and elegant.  It is, at its best, subtle, not overly sweet, and the perfect way to end a meal on a light and refreshing note.
Panna cotta comes together quickly and can be molded in any type of vessels you choose -- from ramekins to demitasse, martini glasses to mason jars.  I like to compliment my panna cotta with a thin layer of gelée -- a gelatin stabilized glaze made from fresh fruit.  Apricots are in season right now, and are bursting with summer sweetness, so I chose to do an apricot gelée.  You can use my recipe with any type of fruit you'd like.  
Here are some photos of panna cottas I've made in the past with a variety of gelées and vessels:
Vanilla Panna Cotta with a Honey Gelée and Bee Pollen
Lemon Panna Cotta, no gelée
Meyer-Lemon Panna Cotta, Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelee

I like to decorate my desserts with edible flowers, especially in summer and springtime. My theme fo…

Free Vintage Graphics: 1913 St. Patrick's Day Postcard & Clipart


This weekend my girls and I had some fun poking around a small vintage flea market.

One of my treasures was this charming little Saint Patrick's Day postcard, dated 1913.

The postcard is addressed to Rosy from Nelson.  From the content and inscription on the front, they appear to have been school chums.  So sweet!

I cleaned up the original image and created a piece of clipart as well for you to use this St. Patty's Day. 

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I think the medallion would be perfect for cupcake picks!  

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If you have some creative fun with these images, you're welcome to show off your creation(s) on the Rook No. 17 Facebook page:  HERE.  

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